Authorisation-free entry allowed for nationals of 41 countries from Sept 1

The new entry policy for non-residents set to start on September 1 will allow residents of 41 countries to enter the Macau SAR without prior authorisation, a health bureau dispatch informed.

It was announced today that starting from midnight of September 1 non-residents from more countries or regions outside Macau, Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan to be defined by local authorities will be allowed to enter the Macau SAR “as long as the entry conditions defined by the health authority are met”.

In a later announcement, health authorities specified the list of nationalities that will not need to apply for prior permission by Macau authorities to enter the SAR.

However, the new dispatch reveals that the new exemption for non-resident foreign nationals only applies to arrivals coming from Taiwan, Hong Kong or any other overseas country and region, with entry in Macau via mainland China subject to specific requirements.

Holders of valid passports from the following countries that may enter Macau via any region outside mainland China without prior authorisation include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, United Kingdom, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States.

The previous Chief Execurive dispatch mentioned that exemptions would cover non-residents from countries or regions “designated by the health authority” after assessing pandemic risks and “taking into account the real needs for the movement of people”.

Those allowed to enter would also still need to carry out any pandemic prevention measures in place, with a seven days quarantine and three health self-management days still currently required for overseas arrivals.

Other requirements include showing a negative nucleic acid test result or having the Macau medical observation hotel reservation confirmation term and appointment guide for a regular nucleic acid test when boarding the flight, vehicle or boat and when entering Macau.

The period of stay must also be sufficient to meet the pandemic prevention requirements since if considered not sufficient entry or boarding in flight, vehicle or boat destined for Macau may be refused.

Meanwhile, residents coming from countries or regions not included in the previous list will be allowed entry if they match certain requirements, namely if they are the spouse or other family member of a resident of the Macau SAR; residence permit holders; those who have obtained the resident work permit issued by local authorities; those granted a special permit stay for members of the family members of professional non-resident workers; students who have been admitted by Macau higher education schools and those coming to Macau to deal with ‘urgent and important business, official or private affairs’.

Non-residents who match these requirements will still have to apply for an entry exemption from Macau authorities.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, local authorities have prohibited the entry of non-residents, as a measure to control and prevent covid-19, with exceptions gradually announced for entries via Hong Kong or mainland China, or for certain nationalities, including Portuguese nationals or Southeast Asian domestic helpers.

The new order published today also establishes specific requirements for non-resident foreign nationals entering Macau via mainland China without any prior approval if they meet certain requirements, such as being a Portuguese passport holder or if not, hold a special Macau residence permit or special authorization to stay, or holding special mainland visas.

Foreign passport holders who holds visa to travel to the Mainland of China issued by the Commissariat of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macau SAR and that returned within the validity period of the respective visa, after leaving Macau for the Mainland will also be allowed re-entry without permission, or any foreign passport holder who in the 21 days prior to entering Macau has not been other places outside Mainland China or the Macau SAR.

People who match these conditions will also only be allowed entry without permission if they have not been to the mainland or places outside the Macau SAR in the 21 days prior to entry.

Holders of travel documents from other countries or regions, except China, who do not have the conditions referred previously can enter the SAR via Mainland China only with prior authorization from the health authorities if students admitted by Macau’s higher education institutions or persons travelling to Macau to deal with official, commercial or private matters of an urgent or important nature, and declare that they fully understand the visa and entry policies of Mainland China.